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Titanic Deep Dive Explorer to Speak at Museum

Titanic Deep Dive Explorer to Speak at Museum photo 9/15/2016 10:57:10 a.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

Titanic expert Paul-Henry (P. H.) Nargeolet, who led the expedition to map out the wreck site and debris field of the Titanic, will speak at the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, Thursday, September 22nd at 7:00pm.  The event is free to the public, and includes free admission to the Titanic exhibit.

Nargeolet, who is the director of Underwater Research for RMS Titanic, Inc., has been to the wreck site more than any living person in the world, completing over 30 submersible dives and leading six expeditions. RMS Titanic, Inc. is a subsidiary of Premier Exhibitions, which is the sole legal steward, conservator and curator of the wreck site.

“His wealth of knowledge and firsthand experience are unsurpassed in speaking about what it is like to see and recover artifacts from the Titanic,” says Dr. Darrell Beauchamp, Director of the Western Heritage Museum. “Since 1987, P. H. has supervised the recovery of over 5,000 artifacts, many of which are displayed in our museum.”

Nargeolet spent 25 years in the French Navy as an expert diver, both on the underwater demolition team and as a deep submersible pilot.  In 1985, when the Titanic wreck was discovered by a joint French-American expedition, he was asked by the French to be the leader of the exploration and recovery expeditions.  He resigned as a Commander from the navy a year later to lead the Titanic missions.  Additionally, Nargeolet led the research and recovery expedition of the SS Carpathia, the ship that came to the rescue of the Titanic. He worked with James Cameron (who directed, wrote, co-produced and co-edited the movie Titanic) to develop the Deepsea Challenger submersible that Cameron has used to explore deep ocean trenches.  Later, Nargeolet led an expedition in the Atlantic to search for the wreck and black boxes of Air France flight 447, which crashed en route to Paris from Rio de Janeiro.

“P.H. will tell us what it was like to see the Titanic wreckage in 1987 for the first time, and the difficulty over the years to preserve the ship as best as possible while recovering artifacts,” says Beauchamp. “We are truly lucky to have someone with his knowledge come to Hobbs and speak.”

After Nargeolet’s talk, visitors can see Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition free after the lecture.  Refreshments will be served. 

For more information: Darrell Beauchamp:  – 575-492-2678 or dbeauchamp@nmjc.edu.

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